Get the Perspective You Need with 3 Truths
By Wayne Stiles
The Texas Driver’s Handbook has a diagram that shows when you sit in a parked car, you have a full 180-degree field of vision.
But then you start to move.
- When your car accelerates to 20 M.P.H. that field of vision reduces to 66%.
- At 40 M.P.H. your visual field shrinks to 20%.
- At 60 M.P.H. your field of vision remains barely wider than the headlights.
Simply said, the faster you go the less perspective you have.
The same holds true for us in our journey. If we never sit still, we never see the big picture—only the immediate right in front of us.
As we hustle through life in the fast lane, we can forget that the road actually takes us somewhere. We lose perspective.
Here are 3 truths to give you the perspective you need for your journey:
- Remember, you’re working to live, not living to work. For most of us breadwinners, we spend the majority of our days working. It’s true also for homemakers whose days often feel like a treadmill in the book of Ecclesiastes. But we need to slow down and remember God promises to provide and that life is more than making money and keeping the yard. Psalm 127:1-5 helps me a lot these days, as I have two daughters in college.
- The journey is just as important as the destination. We know that we’re traveling to heaven, but God has left us here for a purpose. Our lives can honor Him every moment we live. We forgive offenses for His glory. We help others in order to honor Christ. We labor relentlessly to grow in our godliness. God’s glory and Christ’s Great Commission give us reasons to see this life as a critical time in eternity. Let’s don’t be in a hurry. We have work to do on the journey.
- Don’t confuse the journey for the destination. Although we have plenty to do in this life, our journey isn’t our destination. Our home is heaven. For those of us who trust in the risen Christ, who died on the cross to forgive our sins, our road leads straight to heaven. Resist the allure to let your journey replace the joy of your destination. It simply fails to compare to “what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
How’s your field of vision? Take sixty seconds right now and put your heart in neutral. As you sit still, you will gain the benefit of a full perspective.
Question: What have you found that helps you to slow down and gain an eternal perspective? Please leave a comment.